After Visiting Brazil's Lula in Prison, Noam Chomsky Warns Against "Disaster" Under Jair Bolsonaro

Goodman, Amy
Date Written:  2018-11-22
Publisher:  Democracy Now
Year Published:  2018
Resource Type:  Article
Cx Number:  CX23104

An interview with Noam Chomsky about newly elected President Jair Bolsonaro of Brazil. Politically the election marks a dramatic shift to the right for the country which Chomsky describes as a disaster for Brazil. The article includes a link to the interview on video.



Well, Guedes is a ultra-right-wing Chicago economist. He's spent time in Pinochet’s Chile. He's been very frank and open in interviews in the Brazilian press about his plans. It's very simple: As he puts it, privatize everything- everything, infrastructure, anything you can think of. The reason, the motive, is to pay off the debt which is owned by the predatory financial institutions that have been robbing the country blind. This will give away the resources of the country for the future. And as I mentioned, one part of it is Bolsonaro's favorite program of opening the Amazon to agribusiness. So, he's exactly the kind of person who succeeded in driving Chile’s economy to utter disaster within only a few years.

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